John Mehrzad QC and Joseph Bryan

Exceptionally at less than 15 years’ call, John Mehrzad was appointed Queen’s Counsel. John practises in business protection and sports law, with a specialist background in employment and commercial law. His instructions often involve overlapping areas of law, concurrent jurisdictions and multiple forum both domestic and international. In terms of sports law, John was the sole number 1 ranked junior barrister across all legal directories. Prophetically, he was noted as “a leader in the field of sports law and an obvious future silk” (Legal 500, 2019). A recent appeal decision also describes him as “regarded as a star of the sports law Bar”. His sports law practice focuses, on the one hand, on financial disputes, including claims between associations, clubs, managers, players and intermediaries/agents, and, on the other hand, regulatory issues, including disciplinaries, equalities and discrimination allegations, selection disputes, classification challenges and doping allegations. Joe is a specialist in employment and sports litigation. Having joined Littleton in October 2016, he regularly represents clients in employment tribunals and the County Court. He has also been instructed (as sole or junior counsel) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and in applications to the Supreme Court.

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